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Call Of The Wild


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Product Details

  • Actors: Charlton Heston
  • Directors: Ken Annakin
  • Producers: Harry Alan Towers
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ULEFA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Based on the 1903 Jack London (WHITE FANG) adventure classic, CALL OF THE WILD is an exciting tale of gold fever and adventure in the Yukon.

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Customer Reviews

If I wouldn't have read the book before, I would have never gotten the plot.
sborlo
Watching this DVD right out of the box is like watching a VHS tape that has been run 100 times.
Henry Chen
We thought we had seen it but we really saw the White Fang movie with Charlton Heston.
JudyAnn Lorenz

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2006
Format: DVD
"The Indians in this frozen land tell of a ghost dog which runs at the head of a wolf pack. - They are afraid. For it has more strength than any wolf, more cunning than any dog. No one knows from whence he came or why he stays."

It is summer in California and Buck has it made as the family pet. That is until it is discovered that he was worth his wait in gold or at least $75. He is sold to a broker who will take him to the Klondike where only dogs can do the work usually delegated to horses. There Buck goes through many lives, trials, and tribulations finally realizing his potential. On the way he learns many concepts from surprise, to deceit, and cunning; he also learns loyalty, devotion, and love. As he is growing he feels the call of the wild. And so do we.

Screen Play:
Peter Welbeck
Win Wells
Peter Yeldham

True to the book this film holds nothing back. All the highlights of the original story are portrayed and Charlton Heston has the main character, John Thornton down to a tee. And unlike some Disney versions we see Buck's tribute and love for John.

The Call of the Wild: Annotated and Illustrated
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jill Jenkins on November 26, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
This wonderfully naturalistic movie is not for the weak at heart. The story line was taken from Jack London's adventures in his own life experiences. Charlton Heston did an absolutely wonderful job acting out the part, Buck the dog made the entire movie perfect! So this movie more than deserves the 5 stars! This story was taken from the late 1800's during the great gold rush days, hard core times for many men... it's not supposed to be easy on the emotions!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guy De Federicis on January 11, 2007
Format: DVD
If you like Jack London's The Call of The Wild, then you'll probably love this internationally cast, (dubbed, save Charlston Heston) and earnest adaptation of the classic fiction with shanghied german shepherd, Buck, sold into the 19th Century Yukon dog trade, where he finds guidance and companionship in dog sled mail rider, John, (Heston). What appears to be a small budget for the film, does remarkably well in capturing the crude and bawdy Yukon gold rush boom towns, and the genuinely wintery and snowy northern wilderness. The film pulls no punches in delivering the violent aspects of the book, (the dog trade is crude and ugly), and animal star, Buck, (as himself, the credits say), would make Lassie proud.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
A classic tale packed with suspense, adventure, and excitment. Provides an interesting insight into human nature and the forces that drive us. A five star Heston performance. Heston doesn't become John Thornton, Thornton becomes Heston. Heston's dialogue is littered with his trademark "Damn" and he provides enough teeth showing face strains to satisfy any hard core "Hesto" fan.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Weiss on March 13, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This film is roughly cut, and sloppily done. However, I believe it a a very good film! Heston is excellent, the visuals are excellent, and the picture does a fine job of portraying the Klondike gold rush conditions. Sure, there are slicker jobs out there, but with just a little work, I think this could be fixed nicely. Perhaps someday they could redo this for a better DVD release, add in a bunch of the footage, pretty it up. But until then, this film provides an authentic look at how it must have been, and, Heston is great.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Henry Chen on February 15, 2000
Format: DVD
Video is bad, audio is bad, packaging is bad. Watching this DVD right out of the box is like watching a VHS tape that has been run 100 times. *NOT* recommended for any DVD fan. Maybe you'll have better luck with a VHS tape. Spend your money somewhere else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albert Johnson on November 2, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The MGM DVD-R is the original cut of this Norwegian made movie starring Charlton Heston. Copy is very good, and if you are a fan of this movie you will find this the only good copy available to date. If you are not familiar with the movie, you may find its European style distracting. The movie itself does a fair job of capturing the Jack London novel. Thank you MGM for giving enthusiasts an opportunity to have a watchable copy of this and other movies in your archival collection!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Moran on October 19, 2004
Format: DVD
True to the book by Jack London, the dog Buck is kidnapped and taken to Alaska to be a team dog. Buck is not a purebred German Shepard but a mix with Rottweiler. Unlike the book, there are women in Alaska - prostitutes and saloon keepers. Buck develops a loyalty to Charlton Heston. The lighting of the DVD is deliberately toned down. On a bet, Buck proves he can haul 500 pounds on a sled which keeps him from being shot in the head. Out in the wild, he makes off with a female wolf, who has a litter of his puppies. Charlton Heston, panning for gold, is killed and buried in the snow and ice. Buck attacks the attackers. Like the book, Buck joins a pack of wolves at the end, abandoning any human contact. There is not a lot of blood, only to show that Buck has prevailed. Buck has found freedom at last.
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